UoB's Sounding Change Programme

The manner in which the University of Birmingham has fully immersed itself in the city it calls home in recent years has not gone unnoticed.

The borders between Uni and city blur even further as UoB puts on three ground-breaking performances to be premiered this spring, featuring emerging artists as part of their Sounding Change programme.

Azizi Cole (above) presents Body Clock, a new work that combines music, movement and body percussion to reflect on the influence that music can have on the body. Using unison, syncopation and rhythmic techniques, this is a live music and physical dance experience that you'll not want to miss. Check out this video and catch the performance, May 25, at the stunning Elgar Concert Hall. Book

Meanwhile BEAST (Birmingham Electro-Acoustic Sound Theatre — love that name) takes its sound system on the road and joins forces with artist and musician, Antonio Roberts, to co-curate a night of electronic and experimental music and visuals at Centrala (Digbeth), May 30. The evening includes the premiere of a new audio-visual work by musician, sound designer and DJ, MwenBook

And finally Bullyache (below) is a dance company and music duo consisting of Courtney Deyn and Jacob Samuel with a focus on working-class and queer perspectives. Think Pina Bausch cosplaying as Dua Lipa in their parents’ makeup, performing albums as theatre works.

For their show, Who Hurt You? (trailer here), they will be joined by famed drag queen Barbs, dancer Oscar Li and new orchestral arrangements by Magnus Westwell, performed by the Uni's String Ensemble. The show is set outside Barbs home, where she lives with her two backing dancers and continues to perform her Vegas set to anyone who happens to pass by. Lost in a state of traumatised amnesia after a long run on the Blackpool pleasure beach strip, the performers-cum-directors exploit their trauma to its inevitable conclusion, each vying for the spotlight. A reality where physical space has broken down, the theatres have closed, no money is left, but people still drag themselves to perform, even if it's in a car park. They too will play Elgar Concert Hall, June 8. Book

The Sounding Change programme aims to tackle issues of under-representation within the arts, encouraging innovation in the practices and study of music.